Illustration of Hamiltonstovare

The richly coloured black, white and tan scent hound from Sweden is the result of crossing the English Foxhound with German Hounds. The breed was developed by Count Hamilton, a hound enthusiast and a founder of the Swedish Kennel Club. The Hamiltonstovare hunts singly and not in packs and was developed to hunt fox, deer, hare and wild boar. The breed first appeared in the Swedish show rings in 1886.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Hound Breed Group

Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.

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